Weed Flower ID: The Results Show

by Ivory Soap

photo 1 (2)Round One: 

White clover, FALSE DANDELION (thank you, commenters), purple clover, fleabane, narrow leaf plantain.

I found this great site about plant uses called Eat the Weeds.  Here are the files on each of these guys.

White Clover, not poisonous in general.  Also, not good.  Apparently, you should never ferment it.  Fresh or dried only.  I’ll have to stop my whole clover fermenting operation!  You too?  I know, right?!  GOSH.

False Dandelion.  There are several, but this one is H. radicata.  Apparently, it’s prepared a lot like dandelions.

Purple Red Clover, Trifolium pratense. Here is another site on its uses and edibility.

Rough Fleabane, Erigeron strigosus.  There appears to be a bit of debate on its edibility.  Regardless, it’s not outright poisonous.  Some folks with very sensitive skin might get itchy from it.

Narrowleaf (Ribwort) Plantain, P. lanceolata is useful for several medicinal purposes.  Not poisonous.  It is different from Broadleaf plantain, Plantago major.

Round Two:

photo 5 (2)Smartweed, butter cup, buttercup, DUNNO, black medic.

Smartweed, NOT poisonous.  It is peppery and should be used sparingly, however.  Don’t want to make a salad of it.  Too spicy!

Buttercups, two varieties.  POISONOUS! Not until the cells are crushed, like in chewing.  So, no danger reflecting it on your kids’ chins.  (Apparently, there’s a lot of science that went into explaining the reflective nature.  Read the linked article.)  Just don’t chew on them. Thankfully, they taste HORRID to people.  But domestic animals are not so discerning.  Poisonous to dogs, cats, grazing animals.

Dunno.  It might be a wildflower the kids planted.  I’ll try to get around to it today and edit the post.

Black Medic, not poisonous, but the linked writer is on the fence about eating much of it.  Something about a chemical in it being related to something else. Go read and decide.

FYI, the botany fires have been lit.  Expect a LOT more of this.

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{ 4 comments… read them below or add one }

cindy langford July 6, 2015 at 7:52 am

the ones you are calling Buttercup is not what we call Buttercup in Texas. I will have to get pics and send to you.

Emily July 6, 2015 at 8:32 am

I remember my older neighbor when I was growing up would go to the big, empty field on the other side of her house and pick the red clover to cook with. I don’t remember what she used them in. Soup, I want to say? She was Lebanese and would also pick the grape leaves that grew along the fence next to the empty lot to make stuffed grape leaves. They were so good.

Ivory Soap July 6, 2015 at 11:43 am

Ours is Ranunculous sardous.

farmkiti July 7, 2015 at 10:10 pm

Yeah, what we called Buttercup in Texas was a big yellow flower, about 2″ across. (There are also pink ones with the same pollen in them; don’t know if they go by the same name.) They have a center with stamens covered with LOTS of yellow pollen that comes off on your nose if you dip it into the flower to sniff it or whatever. We used to have lots of fun with these when we were kids. Don’t know if they were edible, though. Never tried ’em.

I’m not in Texas any more so can’t send you a pic. Hopefully Cindy will be able to.

We did eat Honeysuckle. We’d pull out the center of the flower and lick off the honey. Very good! And boy, do they smell good! They grow everywhere in South Texas (where I’m from originally). Hey, you’re making me homesick!

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